FERNDALE, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Ferndale Area District Library in Oakland County begged the community for help this week with restocking its “Pride” display in the children’s section after they say two people affiliated with a group called “Hide the Pride” checked out all the LGBTQ books they could get their hands on.
The library posted a plea on Facebook this week, asking residents to “increase accessibility to these books” by making a donation and purchasing more LGBTQ books suggested on the library’s Amazon Wishlist.
“Let’s send a message that Ferndale supports their library, its staff, and our LGBTQ+ neighbors,” staff said in the post.
“Hide the Pride” is a national initiative by CatholicVote which launched last year.
“Denying patrons access” to LGBTQ books in the children’s section appeared to be a hot button issue for the Ferndale community. It took no time at all for people to purchase more LGBTQ books for kids to check out.
The complete Amazon Wishlist can be viewed here. Some of the titles suggested in the children’s section of the Ferndale Area District Library include “Growing Up Trans: In Our Own Words,” “What’s the T? A Guide to All Things Trans or Nonbinary,” and “You Be You: The Kid’s Guide to Gender, Sexuality, and Family.”
The two people who checked out the books emailed CatholicVote with their results. One of the two patrons said after they checked out the LGBTQ books, they decided to give back to the community.
“We brought a couple of empty crates into the library and found as many Catholic books as we could to use as replacements,” said a person identified as “Nick S. “Once we collected a sufficient number…we went over to the young adult display and removed the lgbt (sic) books before replacing them with the Catholic books. Next, we moved to the children’s area and did the same thing.”